Horticulture Programs

The MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture team provides Michigan residents with researched-based information to properly manage their home environment (lawns, gardens, landscapes and ornamentals). The Leelanau County MSU Extension office assists county residents with utilizing Extension resources to better diagnose plant diseases, insect & weed identification, fertilizer recommendations, pest problems, landscape questions, seeding & lawn maintenance, and more! Read on to find out about all of the resources available.

Toll-free Lawn & Garden Hotline (888-MSUE4MI)

Contact MSU Extension's state-wide hotline for any of your gardening-related question by dialing 1-888-678-3464 (1-888-MSUE-4MI).

2015 MSU Extension Lawn & Garden Hotline Schedule

  • April 8th to September: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • October to March: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Take a Soil Sample and Have the Results Interpreted

The first step to growing and maintaining a healthy lawn and garden is getting to know your soil! Soil Test Kit Mailers are available at the MSU Extension office and cost $25 (this includes shipping). Each kit contains instructions on how to gather samples. You will receive a 6-character code via email to be able to interpret your soil test results ( and find specific recommendations based off the crops types of your interest.

"Gardening in Michigan" website

This website ( is full of resources to get you growing this season. Topics covered include Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Trees/Shrubs, Lawns/Grass, Soil, Water, Plant Problems and Preservation.

Smart Gardening Initiative

Become a Smart Gardener by creating Smart Soils, Smart Plants, and Smart Lawns. Stop by our office for hard copies of twenty different tip sheets to help you save time and money while protecting the environment this season.

Local Diagnostics Clinic

Drop samples off at the Leelanau County MSU Extension office during office hours. Samples will be taken for evaluation by the weekly Diagnostics Clinic held at MSU Extension Grand Traverse on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from May to September.

Become a MSU Extension certified Master Gardener

Help people and communities grow! Lend a hand to the MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture team's effort to get the word out about research-based, environmentally sound gardening practices. Interested individuals get the chance to take a focus, 13-week training course and engage in a community-outreach, horticulture-related volunteer project. To find out about the next local training class see our Leelanau County Master Gardener page or visit the state-wide Master Gardener Program website for more information.